Ulrich Plenzdorf (born October 26, 1934 in Berlin ; † August 9, 2007 there ) was a German writer , screenwriter and dramaturge . His best known work is the 1972 in Halle , first performed stage play The New Sufferings of Young W.
Ulrich Plenzdorf was born as the son of a mechanical engineer in Berlin-Kreuzberg . His parents were imprisoned several times because of their membership in the KPD during the Nazi era . From 1949 to 1952 he attended boarding school in Himmelpfort , Brandenburg , a spin-off from the Scharfenberg island school farm in Berlin-Tegel . In 1950 the family moved from West to East Berlin , where Plenzdorf passed the Abitur in 1954 in Lichtenberg .
In Leipzig, Plenzdorf then studied Marxism-Leninism and philosophy at the Franz-Mehring -Institute of the Karl-Marx-Universität Leipzig , but left the university without a degree. Parallel to his studies, Plenzdorf worked as a stage worker from 1955 to 1958. 1958-1959 he was a soldier in the National People's Army .
The GDR author also became known in the Federal Republic of Germany for his socially critical story Die neue Leiden des Junge W. , published in 1972 in the magazine Sinn und Form . Originally written in 1969 as a film scenario for DEFA, the story was published in book form in 1973 and has since been published in more translated as 30 languages. The stage version, which premiered in Halle in 1972, was the most frequently performed contemporary play on the stages of Germany in the 1974/75 season and was also filmed there. In the jargon of the GDR youth of the 1970s, Plenzdorf tells the tragic story of a young person who tries to break out of his petty-bourgeois environment and repeatedly finds parallels to his own life while reading Goethe's work The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774).
Above all, Plenzdorf made a name for himself as a screenwriter. He wrote the scripts for Heiner Carow's film Die Legende von Paul und Paula , the Hans Fallada film Der Trinker with Harald Juhnke or Frank Beyer's film Abgehauen based on Manfred Krug's autobiography. He also wrote the scripts for the fourth of the five seasons of Jurek Becker's ARD television series Liebling Kreuzberg .
Ulrich Plenzdorf had been married since 1955 and had three children. His wife was an editor at the Volk und Wissen publishing house . For many years, Plenzdorf had his Berlin residence at Wilhelm-Pieck-Strasse (since 1990: Torstrasse ) 5 in the Mitte district .
Ulrich Plenzdorf died at the age of 72 after a long illness in a clinic near Berlin. Ulrich Plenzdorf was buried on August 23, 2007 where he last lived: in Alt Rosenthal near Seelow , in the Märkisch-Oderland district . His estate is in the archive of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
Awards and honors
- 1971: Art Prize of the Free German Trade Union Federation for Do you know Urban?
- 1971: Heinrich Greif Prize 1st class for Do you know Urban?
- 1973: Heinrich Mann Prize
- 1978: Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for no down no far
- 1991: TV film award from the German Academy of Performing Arts for Hop, Bunny, Hop
- 1995: Adolf Grimme Prize with bronze for Liebling Kreuzberg
- The new sorrows of the young W. (stage play, world premiere 1972)
- Young W.'s new sorrows (novel, 1972)
- Buridan's donkey (stage play, 1975, based on the novel by Günter de Bruyn )
- Excerpt (1977)
- no down no far (story, 1978; first edition 1984)
- Legend of happiness without end (novel, 1979)
- Bedtime Story (1983)
- A Day Longer Than a Lifetime (Drama, 1986)
- Time of the Wolves (Drama, 1989)
- Deprivation of liberty (drama, 1987, based on the story by Günter de Bruyn )
- Father Mother Killer Child (stage play, 1993/94)
- Berlin stories. An author anthology as it came about and was prevented by the Stasi (1995)
- Darling, Prenzlauer Berg. A lawyer drives a rickshaw. (1998)
- One and one is divided (1999)
- Dirty Angels (2004)
- I long for oppression: Songs, Chansons, Moritaten - used songs (2004)
- 1964: Follow me, Canailles!
- 1965/1990: Karla
- 1969: Wide streets - silent love
- 1971: do you know Urban?
- 1973: The legend of Paul and Paula
- 1974: love at 16
- 1974: The old man, the horse, the street
- 1975: Young W.
- 1978: Happiness in the Secret Annex (based on the novel Buridan's Donkey by Günter de Bruyn )
- 1981: The King and His Fool
- 1983: Island of the Swans
- 1984: Bockshorn (based on the novel by Christoph Meckel )
- 1985: A fleeing horse (TV, based on the novel of the same name by Martin Walser )
- 1990: The case of Ö.
- 1991: The suspicion
- 1991: Hop, bunny hop (TV movie)
- 1992: father mother murder child
- 1992: Favorite Kreuzberg
- 1994: The other life of Mr. Kreins
- 1995: The Drinker (based on the novel of the same name by Hans Fallada )
- 1995: Matulla and Busch
- 1997: The store (based on the novel trilogy of the same name by Erwin Strittmatter )
- 1998: Chopped off
- 2005: Noelia or Fidel won't wait (script with Rudolf Steiner )
- 1987: No down, no remote, director: Norbert Schaeffer , production: SDR / hr / NDR
- Siegfried Mews: Ulrich Plenzdorf. Beck, Munich 1984.
- Edwin Kratschmer : The new sorrows of the young W, in interpretations, narratives of the 20th century . Stuttgart 1996
- Arnim-Thomas Bühler: Ulrich Plenzdorf. Personal bibliography 1970–1993. Kletsmeier, Wetzlar 2000.
- Mark-Oliver Carl: (inconsistencies) in Ulrich Plenzdorf. Analysis of intertextual revivals in "no down no far", "The Legend of Paul and Paula", "Time of the Wolves", "Karla" and "The New Sorrows of Young W." Lang, Frankfurt am Main 2008.
- Leonore Krenzlin : . In: Who was who in the GDR? 5th edition. Volume 2. Ch. Links, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86153-561-4 .
- Regine Sylvester: He brought it up . In: Berliner Zeitung . August 10, 2007
- Literature by and about Ulrich Plenzdorf in the catalog of the German National Library
- Works by and about Ulrich Plenzdorf in the German Digital Library
- Irmgard Zündorf, Regina Haunhorst: Ulrich Plenzdorf. Tabular curriculum vitae in the LeMO ( DHM and HdG )
- Ulrich Plenzdorf at filmportal.de
- Ulrich Plenzdorf in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Biography Suhrkamp
- Biography on defa-stiftung.de
- Andreas Merkel: Hold it tight and let your kite fly . In: Spiegel Online . August 9, 2007
- Ulrich Plenzdorf Archive in the Archive of the Academy of Arts, Berlin
- Leonore Krenzlin: Who was who in the GDR? 5th edition. Volume 2. Ch. Links, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86153-561-4 . . In:
- Ulrich Plenzdorf died . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . August 9, 2007.
- Knerger.de: The grave of Ulrich Plenzdorf
- Ulrich-Plenzdorf-Archiv inventory overview at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German writer, screenwriter and dramaturge|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 26, 1934|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Berlin|
|DATE OF DEATH||August 9, 2007|
|Place of death||near Berlin|